Cal Resumes Action at Arizona, ASU

Jan. 18, 2005

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The undefeated Golden Bears continue Pac-10 competition with meets at undefeated Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday. Cal features two swimmers from Arizona, junior Ashley Chandler, who hails from Chandler, and sophomore Nadia Staubitz, who is from Mesa.

California got a jump on conference competition in the fall, defeating Washington, 141-116 (Oct. 1) and Oregon State, 147.5-111.5 (Nov. 5). Cal looks to maintain its momentum from the Bears' second-place finish at the Georgia Invitational (Dec. 3-5). Cal finished second to host and top-ranked Georgia.

For up-to-date results and recaps, visit www.calbears.com.

CAL VS. ARIZONA, ASU
Cal owns a 14-7 record against the Wildcats, and the Golden Bears hold a 12-10-1 advantage over the Sun Devils. Last year, Cal edged Arizona, 152-148, and the Bears defeated ASU, 185-110.

Cal and Arizona were undefeated the last time the two schools met, and it came down to the final event -- the 400-freestyle relay. The Golden Bears took first and third in the event, allowing Cal to take home the win.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Arizona carries an undefeated record into the New Year. The Wildcats have four conference wins this season, against USC (186-113, Nov. 19), UCLA (149-148, Nov. 20), Oregon State (143-118, Jan. 7) and Washington (200-138, Jan. 15). More information on the Arizona Wildcats is at www.arizonaathletics.com.

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
The Sun Devils are 1-1-1 going into their meet against Stanford Friday. ASU defeated Oregon State (175-86, Jan. 8), tied USC 1(50-150, Nov. 20) and lost to UCLA (174-123, Nov. 19). More information on the Arizona State swim team is at www.thesundevils.com.

LAST COMPETITION
California finished second (893 points) at the Georgia Invitational on Dec. 3-5, placing behind host and No. 1-ranked Georgia.

On the final day of competition, junior Helen Silver recorded an NCAA-automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.58) to finish second with a 1:59.23 time in the final. Freshmen Lauren Andrews and Emily Verdin and sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai all recorded B-cut times. Both Andrews (2:02.16, 5th) and Verdin (2:02.41, 7th) finished in the top eight in the event final.

Freshman Emily Silver recorded an A-cut time in the 100 freestyle, 46.69, to finish second. Teammate Lauren Medina recorded a B-cut time in the same event. Sophomore Annie Babicz finished second in the 200 breaststroke final and recorded a B-cut time (2:16.72). Freshman Genevieve Patterson finished fifth (2:19.77).

Sophomore Erin Reilly finished second in the 1650 freestyle (16:47.42) and junior Kate Tiedeman finished fourth (16:51.54), both B cut times. Freshman Rachel Ridgeway finished third in the women's 200 butterfly (2:02.70) and recorded a B-cut time of 2:00.64.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Tsai, Andrews, Silver, and Medina finished second with a B-cut time of 3:22.94. Sophomore Lila Korpell finished seventh (245.95) and senior Tara Capsuto finished eighth (197.70) in the platform diving competition.

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